Summer Skincare Tested (miniatures)

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Amie, New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish (full size 100ml) £5.95

The scent of this exfoliator which includes mango and orange blossom extracts is beautiful. I wish it were available in a perfume! This gently but thoroughly exfoliated my skin and left it super soft and glowing. Amie products contain no mineral oils, no sodium laureth sulphate or sodium lauryl sulphate and no animal derived ingredients.

Alva, Handcream (full size 75ml) £8.50

With organic avocado oil, antibacterial tea tree and anti-fungal calendula this is the perfect handcream for hardworking hands. It also sinks in quickly without being tacky, which is really important to me.

Sanctuary Spar, Radiance Exfoliator (full size 100ml) £10.00

Tiny apricot granules & grape seed are the exfoliators in this product which also includes pumpkin, pineapple & papaya extracts to ‘increase cell renewal’. This is another gentle exfoliator which I’ve used three times a week for smooth, clear, brighter skin.

This Works, In Transit Camera Close Up (full size 40ml) £30

This product has been formulated as an three-in-one mask, primer and moisturiser. I found it be too heavy and rich to use as a mask and it was useless as a primer for makeup, which slid off as soon as I got too hot. I do love it as a general moisturiser though. It evened out the texture of my skin slightly and calmed some redness and my combination skin stayed balanced until early evening.

Which cruelty free brands have you recently come across?

Chrissie

 

 

15 Macs and Trench Coats That Mean Business

15 Macs and Trench Coats That Mean Business

3 of the Best Vegetarian Sweets 


Jealous Grizzly Bears taste so much like soft gummy bears but fruitier! It’s the fruitiness that makes them so refreshing.

Candy Kittens Sweet Peaches are the most more-ish sweets I think I’ve ever tasted. Realistically sweet, with a hint of milkyness, they taste more like peaches and cream and a have a chewy texture to them. They have achieved this without using milk or gluten.

Good Stuff Summer Peaches are soft and sweet and taste like fruit punch.

I was going to add Veggie Haribo onto the list but if they make some packets veggie, why not make all of them veggie?! I do buy them sometimes (companies like that need encouragement from consumers) but I want to support smaller totally cruelty-free companies more.

Which are your favourite veggie sweets?

Chrissie

Sweet Freedom, Choc Pot Chocolate Spread review

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Don’t compare this chocolate spread to Nutella, this tastes a lot different, in a good way. It really reminds me of the lovely chocolate on the top of traditional chocolate eclairs.

It’s completely dairy free and spreads really easily, even when it’s been in a very cold fridge. It’s perfect for spreading on white bread, adding to sweet pastries or eating with a spoon – 14 cals per teaspoon to be precise. ^_^

 

15 Stylish, Sporty and Sleek Raincoats

15 Stylish, Sporty and Sleek Raincoats

 

Modern Fairytale, Fantasy & Graphic Novels I Recommend

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From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris – I’ve started reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris again which inspired the series True Blood. I realised that I hadn’t finished them (and I lost touch with the TV series as well). I find Harris’s writing style really easy to read and I love the main character Sookie as she is equally strong and vulnerable.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – I can’t wait to start reading this novel based on an old Russian fairytale about a child who appears out of the snow.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – A contemporary fairy tail this time about a girl who happens to be an android, has a horrid family and who catches the eye of a prince. I’ll review it once I’ve finished it.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – The best YA fantasy/adventure books with a female protagonist ever written, in my opinion. I was so relieved the film version of The Golden Compass (Northern Lights, US) did justice to the original material.

The Crow by James O’barr – This was the first graphic novel I ever read and one of the most darkly romantic stories I’d come across also. This version has extra illustrations, poems and quotes. Edgar Allen Poe is included, unsurprisingly.

Sin City The Making Of by Frank Miller (and lots of other people) – I’ve dipped in and out of several of Millers Sin City graphic novels over the years and I’ve really enjoyed them. I found the second Sin City film utterly boring but I’m still a huge fan of this first one, it’s a real one-off classic! I’m also a big film geek so I find those ‘The Making Of…’ documentaries and books really interesting.

Chrissie

 

 

Miniature Stationary

Have you noticed how so many things become ‘cute’ just because they are small? I once got a sample of coffee in a perfect miniaturised glass jar and squealed at how ‘cute’ it was – in the middle of Tesco. Is it just women who do this?

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Mini Roll added for scale lol

I seem to be acquiring (collecting?) mini stationary at the moment, my excuse being it takes up less storage space. I’m on the look out for mini highlighters next. Any suggestions for mini stationary shops? Literally the actual shop, nah I’m kidding.

Chrissie

What is the Point of Blogging?

I know many bloggers wonder ‘What is the point of my of my blog?’ along certain points of their blogging journeys. My blog started off as a personal blog – personal between me and the city of Manchester and what I got up to in it, featuring festivals, eateries and news. Then I turned it into more of a magazine/lifestyle type blog with reviews and then I started mixing in more personal posts to do with my health because I wanted to share all that I’d learned to help other people who were as confused as I’d once been.

I’ve now decided that I don’t want to involve that side of things in my blog anymore. I spend far too much time thinking of my health (mental, physical, emotional, neurological) as well as the lack of understanding I’m getting from the medical profession and the huge amount of understanding and help I’m getting from other people with the same chronic illnesses/conditions/disabilities/disorders and what I need to do to move forward…Literally.

I prefer having this blog as a little ray of light to dive into and to take my mind off of all that sh!t and I want it to be a place for other people to do that to. At first I used to throw everything at my blog but since I started to attract brands and review their items/services, I started to automatically questioning ‘Is my own silly thing worth a place on my blog or should I just put it on Instagram instead?’. The funny thing is, my engagement on Insta is great, I don’t just mean followers (772) but the comments and the laugh that I have with the same people, sometimes everyday, is really lovely. I also like how quick and spontaneous posting to Insta is, where-as I have to really be in the mood to write a blog post.

The thing is, I actually prefer Instagram for those reasons. So, I’m going to keep my blog going with all of the usual content like style, veggie food, restaurant reviews, cruelty free beauty and I’m not going to lower the quality either, but I’m now going to throw a lot of shorter more regular posts up such as geeky things, or little things which have brightened my day, social commentary and quick book reviews etc. After-all, It is my lifestyle blog, rather than an online magazine so I want to make it reflect my actual, everyday lifestyle more. All the lovely bits!

How’s your attitude to blogging changed?

Chrissie

 

Fruity Homeware, Style and Beauty

Fruitful Homeware, Style and Beauty

 

My Lifestyle Lately – July


Random Stuff

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I made a Geek Blogger Tag and no one joined in with it *whaaah!* :o(

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This is one of those books that is so well written, with a protagonist who’s so easy to like and a premise so interesting that you don’t want to finish reading it. You always want it there to dip into when you want something easy and familiar, like an old favourite TV show who’s repeats are always on some channel, somewhere. Sometimes I actually read quicker when I don’t like a book as I’m impatient to get rid of it, but I want to make this one last.

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I bought this from Topshop because it’s totally functional so I don’t spill my coffee and it’s refillable. Would I actually take it into Starbucks? No. Do I even frequent Starbucks? No.

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Very glad to see a fat furry bumble bee! He had a snack and flew off out the window again.

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It’s been torrential rain on and off for days. It’s ended the unbearable humidity which I am pleased about as I don’t feel faint anymore and my hair is frizz-hallo free.

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I’ve really gotten into gaming again with Metal Gear Solid V. I found the previous one to be very dark but this is much more entertaining. It’s the usual kind of open world RPG where you can roam around randomly or select missions. It also includes a hat shaped like a chickens head which you can wear if you want to be a metaphorical chicken and not have your enemies see you; A device which extracts enemies from the area by suspending them from a balloon and whooshing them away, including various animals which is equally cute and hilarious; Cheesy 80’s pop songs blasting out from your helicopter and an option to detach your robotic hand and send it scurrying around after your enemies.

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This is my new iridescent laptop case by Skinny Dip London. I love how the colour changes completely in different lights and from different angles. From silvery pastel shades to glowing sea green and hot pink. The creases in it show up quite a bit but that’s just the nature of the material so I’m sliding my laptop out and trying to keep the case as flat as poss.

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It’s always good to appreciate the everyday things so I wrote this.

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It’s my back yard, it’s so pretty and I can’t take any credit for it at all, ha! So glad my Dad likes plants and flowers.

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We went to Bundobust again for gluten free beer and Indian veggie street food. We both have old school Nokia phones so if we want a photo we need to use an actual camera or iPad but we were too busy scoffing our scran!

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For my cheat day one Friday I had a Mediterranean roasted veg and feta pizza and added some extra pesto and a little Gouda cheese. So good!

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I got another free-from food haul (from The Vegan Kind shop and Holland & Barrett) and I reviewed all of the products here.

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I’ve discovered more cheese flavoured dairy-free crisps which are so tasty and won’t have any ill effects on me.

Style

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I’ve continuing with the cute rocker chick combo – black tops, plaid skater skirt/kilt and black boots. Does anyone know where I can find a black mesh top with full long sleeves? I’ve had to give my old one to charity because it started feeling too coarse because my sensory issues have gotten more er, sensitive.

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I swapped the white laces for black as I thought they went better with my Hello Kitty Vans and added some lace jewels because, cute + black + sparkle + Vans = Awesome.

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Finished customising my leather jacket (or pleather? I can’t remember) with a gorgeous little ‘Up all night’ pin from Milk and Moon UK. I don’t get to sleep until between 1.00 – 2.00pm, plus this is my ‘going out out’ jacket for evening.

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I bought something by Disney. Normally I’m a Tim Burton, DC Comics, Studio Gibli type of fan girl but it was affordable, teal/turquoise and fantasy themed so it won me over. If anyone has any other quirky-cute Disney suggestions then please let me know.

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If Disney made fortune cookies. Seriously though, I genuinely found this in my fortune cookie xoD

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The Bloke, dyed my hair Cyan again. We made a joint decision to put it all over my hair this time to make it darker in general. I much prefer my hair dark to a sun lightened mid-brown. You can read my 12 Tips For Dying Hair Easily here.

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I put together a Pastel Goth outfit I was really pleased with. Although these boots are made for walking, symmetrically patterned tights are not – unless you want to faff about matching them up again every 15 minutes.

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I put this together for those people who still want to look glam on Summer evenings and not like they just walked off a beach in Cyprus. Plus as you can tell, I love shiny things!

Beauty and Skincare

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I reviewed Arbonne’s Calm range here and absolutely loved it along with their shampoo and conditioner. I reviewed their Advanced range and got a horrible allergic reaction from two of their products. I was asked astonishingly to amend my review by their client who insisted that my unbearable itchiness, glowing red skin and sudden burning temperature was just how the products work! Ah, no. I mean one of them was a night cream FFS!

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I reviewed these two lip colours by Soap & Glory with both positive and negative thoughts about them both. You can read it here.

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I reviewed this natural shampoo to tame frizz with surprising results. You can find it here.

Always lovely to read your comments as they are always lovely comments, ha! No, but even if they weren’t quite so lovely it’s still nice hear from you all.

Chrissie